Verbless slogans - A new trend?

Donald M. Lance LanceDM at MISSOURI.EDU
Sat Dec 1 07:06:35 UTC 2001

It means "We ready to play anybody anytime anywhere" -- "eternal present."

"Dennis R. Preston" wrote:

> I'm puzzled why "Every time we play the Tigers. we are ready" can't
> refer to an upcoming event.
> 'We ready' surely does mean right now, and can, of course, be
> extended to mean tbne moment of play (as I indicated).
> dInIs
> >I noticed that eight of thirteen players on last year's
> >UCharleston team were African American, as well as the
> >head coach.  If the ratio is close to that this year
> >too, is it possible that the team knew what they meant
> >by "we be ready"?
> >
> >Herb Stahlke
> >>  From my own experience, I would suggest the following:
> >>  "We be ready" wouldn't be appropriate when referring to future events (e.g.,
> >>  plans for the whole year) since the statement indicates a general present
> >>  habitual state, based on past [before the moment of speaking] occurrences
> >>  (e.g.,  Whenever we have to play the Tigers, we be ready" [="Every time we
> >>  play the Tigers, we are ready" or "Every time we played the Tigers, we were
> >>  ready" or  "Every time we've played the Tigers, we have been ready."])  "We
> >>  ready" (=We are ready) is the better choice since it indicates a present
> >>  state of physical or mental preparedness for whatever happens in the near or
> >>  distant future.  P-A-T
> --
> Dennis R. Preston
> Department of Linguistics and Languages
> Michigan State University
> East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
> preston at
> Office: (517)353-0740
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